Rescue Dawn – Movie Review

(Originally posted on on 6-29-07 approximately)

I find Werner Herzog an endlessly intriguing filmmaker. He has solidly commercial instincts and ability, but he rarely goes for the easy film sell. If you just look at his filmography ( you get the sense of a very particular artist with very particular tastes and a well entrenched point of view that he uses to inform all of his work. If he wanted he could work regularly in Hollywood at the Sidney Lumet/Sydney Pollack level of director (the level where A list stars like to hang out for those big Academy Award nominations and recognition – or at least used to during the 80s and 90s), however, he rarely does. That is why Rescue Dawn is such a treat. I just wished I hadn’t researched the real story it is based on after seeing it. Now I am second guessing everything I have ever thought of the acclaimed filmmaker.

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Grizzly Man – Documentary Review (****)

(originally posted on on 2-20-06)

I love the concept of documentary films, but I am generally not a real big fan. Call me a cynic, call me a pessimist, call me a party pooper, or whatever (believe me you wouldn’t be the first), but my first inclination is always to try to determine the documentarian’s agenda. And then I spend the rest of the film wondering what information is not being shared or not being given full and fair attention. But Grizzly Man, narrated and directed by Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu, Incident at Loch Ness), is that one lovely and jarring exception.

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